Cat Cora Cited for DUI in Santa Barbara

Celebrity chef Cat Cora ran into a spot of trouble and was cited for DUI in Santa Barbara earlier this month.

Cat Cora is probably best known for her appearances on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates.

Cora, who has four young sons with partner Jennifer Cora, is said to have been involved in a “minor traffic incident” just prior to being cited in Santa Barbara, after spending time at the local venue Cold Spring Tavern.

According to MSNBC, Cora had also been involved in an argument with her partner before the arrest — the site explains:

“On June 17, while returning from the Cold Spring Tavern in Santa Barbara after what she told police was an argument with her partner, she rear-ended another vehicle at 6:15 p.m. at a low speed in her 2007 Chevy Tahoe, Harwood said.”

MSNBC continues:

“No one suffered any injuries, but the female driver of the 2001 BMW 325i told officers who came to the scene that she believed Cora was intoxicated. Cora told police she had consumed three bottles of beer at the tavern.”

Following her arrest, Cat Cora was taken to the jurisdiction’s “sobering center,” which is a facility, not a jail, where cooperative, non-violent individuals are taken following a DUI arrest or citation to become sober again before they are released to drive home.

The news site also indicates that blood tests show Cora’s blood-alcohol level to be at .19, which is twice the legal limit where she was cited for driving under the influence. She is scheduled to appear in court on July 26th.